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Make a self catering villa or holiday rental in Derby, the heart of England your home away from home

Derby is a modern, cosmopolitan city with a fascinating history and heritage. The heart of the city offers excellent shopping, restaurants and cultural entertainment which is ideal for those considering a holiday rental in Derbyshire. In contrast, just ten minutes drive from the city you can enjoy glorious countryside amidst green rolling hills. The Peak District is a delightful area to explore with tiny market towns and villages such as Castleon and Bakewell where time has stood still for centuries.

Things to Do in Derby, DerbyshireHill Walking and Mountain Biking

The area around Derby and the beautiful Peak District offer unspoilt natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. Walk, cycle or drive along the narrow lanes and enjoy the fresh air, stunning scenery and wildlife which these activities afford. The nearby National Forest is also a great place for walking, horse-riding and biking. Go Racing

Donington Park Racing Circuit is an excellent venue for racing events as well as concerts, fairs and markets. It is just 10 miles from your Derby holiday home and is the new venue for the British Formula One Grand Prix and the home of the British Motorcycle Grand Prix. There is also a museum with the largest collection of Grand Prix Racing Cars in the world. Shopping

The new Westfield centre in Derby is a great place for shopping and draws hundreds of thousands of visitors. The Cathedral Quarter is a popular area of the city with specialist shops, cafés, bars and restaurants.

Places to Visit Near Derby, Derbyshire Alton Towers

This fantastic theme park has a host of thrilling rides and plenty of action-packed fun for all the family. It also includes the Shark Bait Sea Life Centre and Water Park, near Peak District cottages. Chatsworth

One of Derbyshire’s best-loved attractions is the country estate of Chatsworth. The house is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and is open to the public by guided tour. The extensive formal gardens and parkland, farmyard, garden centre and gift shops all add to the excellent amenities. There are also several restaurants and cafés including the cobbled Courtyard Café.

Derby Museum and Art Gallery

The Derby Museum and Art Gallery has a wonderful collection of art by the 18th century local artist, Joseph Wright. Derby porcelain, paintings, archaeology, military exhibits and wildlife are all on display, along with a sarcophagus and two Egyptian mummies.

Weather in Derbyshire

Derbyshire has warm, cloudy but fairly dry summers and mild winters with occasional snow. Expect summer temperatures to average 70°F (21°C) during the day.

Travel to Derby, Derbyshire

The closest major airport to Derby is the East Midlands Airport which is 10 miles from the centre of Derby. Birmingham International Airport is a little further afield, about 35 miles away.

A car is essential to explore this scenic area. A hire car can be picked up from the airport, or consider driving to this beautiful area via the M1 from the north or from London.

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